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Christmas Markets of Europe

(15 days, Budapest - Amsterdam, 2017)
Included in Your Price
  • Emerald Waterways Cruise Ships EXCLUSIVE to Evergreen Tours
  • The services of an Evergreen Tours Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Free airport transfers
  • 14 nights on a luxury European river ship
  • Explore 15 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • Discover Budapest on a guided city tour
  • Take a city tour of Bratislava
  • In Vienna, take a guided sightseeing tour of the city
  • Tour Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
  • Take a tour of charming Bamberg
  • Absorb the sights of Würzburg on a tour
  • Take a walking tour of the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg
  • Gondola ride to the Germania monument
  • Take a walking tour of vibrant Cologne
  • In Amsterdam, take a canal boat cruise or a walking tour of the city centre
You’re Invited
  • Traditional Bavarian Band and dancing
  • Home hosted afternoon tea with a Slovakian family
  • EU Lecture on board
Dining Highlights
  • 41 superb meals including 14 Full Breakfasts (B), 13 Lunches (L), 12 Dinners (D) & 2 Highlight Dinners
  • Captains Welcome Reception and Hungarian Dinner
  • Captains Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner whilst cruising
Day 1: Budapest Embarkation (D)

Welcome to Budapest. Transfer from the airport to your luxury Evergreen Tours river cruise ship where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew. This evening join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail reception followed by a night-time cruise along the Danube, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner complete with folk dancing and music.

Day 2: Budapest (B,L,D)

Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Royal Palace of Buda, hilltop castle complex with Fisherman’s Bastion, the Matthias Church, and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest. This afternoon you have free time before departing for Bratislava

Day 3: Bratislava (B,L,D)

This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. You’re Invited: The highlight will be a home hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family.

Day 4: Vienna (B,L,D)

Today we explore Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see Vienna’s world-famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Then you have free time to sample the wonderful Christmas Markets of Vienna which are set up in 15 different squares in the city.

Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss and/or Schönbrunn Palace tour (extra expense)

Day 5: Dürnstein - Melk (B,L,D)

In the morning we arrive in Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. Later, drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900-year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. Emerald Active: Guided bike tour.

Day 6: Passau (B,L,D)

Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below.

Discover More: Full Day Trips to Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either Salzburg or Ceský as both Discover More tours run at the same time, also that passengers on this tour will not be able to participate on the included walking tour of Passau

Day 7: Regensburg - Kelheim (B,L,D)

After breakfast we arrive in magnificent Regensburg. On our guided walking tour you’ll have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. You’re Invited: Tonight, enjoy a Bavarian Band on board.

Discover More: Local brauhaus excursion (extra expense)

Day 8: Nuremberg (B,L,D)

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. See the storybook 900-year-old ramparts, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace or head to the Nazi party rally grounds. Nuremburg is also known for its Christmas market squares which you can visit in your free time. You’re Invited: This evening enjoy an EU Lecture.

Day 9: Bamberg (B,L,D)

Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with original character and charm. Feel the magic of the past as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with your guide today and enjoy the local Christmas market.

Day 10: Würzburg (B,L,D)

Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Join our guide for a walking tour followed by a visit to the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Discover More: Rothenburg, a perfectly preserved fortified town (extra expense)

Day 11: Miltenberg (B,L,D)

Travel to the picturesque village of Miltenberg on the Main River. The village creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in the middle ages and the Old Town is lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings. Take a guided tour of Miltenberg or join Emerald Active for a guided hike up to Wertheim Castle (active fitness level; weather dependent).

Day 12: Rüdesheim - Koblenz (B,L,D)

After breakfast arrive at Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns and enjoy free time to explore. Today’s cruising will be a highlight of your trip, as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. In the early evening we arrive into the beautiful 2,000 year old town of Koblenz.

Day 13: Koblenz - Cologne (B,L,D)

The ship sails from Koblenz in the early morning, cruising along the Rhine we arrive in Cologne. Cologne’s Christmas markets are in all the city squares. This evening the captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Discover More: Take a tour to Drachenburg Castle (extra expense & must be pre booked) with guided tour of Cologne afterwards.

Day 14: Cruising - Amsterdam (B,L,D)

The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam. This afternoon join a glass top canal boat cruise and explore Amsterdam’s maze of canals or join Emerald Active for a guided walking tour before free time in the afternoon. This evening join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

Day 15: Disembarkation Amsterdam (B)

After breakfast, this morning you will be transferred to the airport for your onward or home bound flight.

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